I thought I'd write another posting just to let you know that I've heard from Mancuso.
They will not return the quilt before the end of the planned showing.
They say they have not had a complaint, but had always planned to show the quilt in a booth right from the start. It was never planned to show it out in the open.
" We made a decision, not due to any complaint, to have your artwork displayed in a separate booth with plenty of space for private viewing and not just behind a black curtain as described."
This had apparently been discussed with the UK organizer and agreed. Mancuso thought I'd been consulted, but no one mentioned it to me at any point. I wouldn't have let the quilt go if that was the option.
To me it's still censorship. Mancuso says it isn't. They say....
"Perhaps other groups or exhibitions that may have juried out this work in the past took the easy road and censored your work at the point of jurying, but we decided to include it."
"Annabel, when Michelangelo completed The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel in 1541, it was the talk of Rome. It caused much controversy and only a few years later Pope Paul IV and the Council of Trent decided to completely paint over and create a new fresco. However, another level-headed Renaissance artist stepped in and convinced the Pope to paint in the now infamous fig leaves. This story has become a large part of art history and is still talked about more than 450 years later.
Perhaps Peter & I will remove the “fig leaves” and exhibit your artwork at the next venue out in the open."
There is nothing I can do to get my quilt back early. The hanging was agreed before sending - just not with me! Whether or not the quilt goes back behind the curtaining, is largely up to you America.